Aussie tour an emotional journey for Chauhan

Updated: 14 December 2007 14:02 IST

Chetan Chauhan has many memories of Australia, many of which will be rekindled when he travels down under as manager of the Indian Team.

Aussie tour an emotional journey for Chauhan

New Delhi:

Chetan Chauhan has many memories of Australia, many of which will be rekindled when he travels down under as manager of the Indian Team.

But there is one memory that is so painful that it will never go away, that of losing his teenaged son in an accident in Adelaide.

Losing a child for a father is never easy, especially when he is still a teenager. Former Indian Cricketer Chetan Chauhan went through that experience two years ago when his 19-year-old son Karan Chauhan who was studying to be an engineer died in a car accident in Adelaide.

Now the 60-year-old is heading back to Australia as Manager of the Indian Team, in what will no doubt be a very emotional journey. It is going to be a tough assignment.

"I lost my son. He was a young kid and we loved him. But I will be going back. I will go the place where he met with the accident and where he died and I will go to the place where he was cremated. I went last year too and I have made a promise that I will go every year," said Chauhan.

"Well I would say that this is the greatest loss one can ever sustain, losing a young kid and for a father it would be the saddest day and the saddest moment," he said.

Another moment that Chauhan will never forget from his two tours down under is this incident from an India-Australia Test in Melbourne in 1981.

Umpiring in Australia was decidedly poor at that time. Sunil Gavaskar almost forfeited the game after he was given wrongly out to Dennis Lilee, chetan chauhan was batting at the other end.

"Just that it was a bad decision, a rough decision against him, I thought he was not out, he had played the ball and then the ball hit the pad, he was given out and he just protested and wanted me to walk out with him," he said.

It eventually took Manager SK Durani's intervention to save a Test that India went onto win.

Now Chauhan is hoping India can repeat that feat as they look to end the World Champions' 14 year unbeaten home record.



Topics : Cricket Chetan Chauhan
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